The subject matter of degree cannot be mastered unless we understand the changes of degrees in detail. In this blog, I am going to explain the changes of degrees from positive into comparative degree.
It is basic level of degree used to describe the level of quality, nature, or characteristics of noun by suitable adjective or adverbs.
•Pacific is a large ocean. In this sentence, adjective ‘large’ is used to describe ‘characteristics of Pacific Ocean.
Generally, as per the rules, positive degree is introduced by — “No other and very few” word phrases to describe the degree of given nouns.
•No other ocean in the world are as large as Pacific.
•Very few oceans in the world are as large as the Pacific.
•Himalaya is a tall mountain.
•No other mountain on the earth is as tall as Himalaya.
•Very few mountains on the earth are as tall as Himalaya.
•USA is a big nation.
•No other nation in the world is as big as USA.
•Very few nations in the world are as big as USA.
It is used to compare the level of quality, or characteristics between two given nouns in the sentence.
As per grammatical rules, “any other and most other” word phrases are used to describe comparative degree in the sentence.
•Pacific is larger than any other oceans in the world.
•Pacific is larger than most other oceans in the world.
•Himalaya is taller than any other mountains on the earth.
•Himalaya is taller than most other mountains on the earth.
•USA is bigger than any other nations in the world.
•USA is bigger than most other nations in the world.
Points of changes of degrees from positive into comparative
•No other in positive is replaced by any other in the comparative degrees.
~ No other ocean = any other oceans
•Very few in the positive degree is replaced by most other in the comparative.
~ Very few oceans = most other oceans.
•In the comparative degrees, plural form of nouns are preferred.
~ Very few oceans or most other oceans.
•In the positive degree, singular auxiliary is used after plural noun.
•Same pattern is applicable when we change the degrees from comparative to positive degree.